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NRCS Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series

This monthly webinar series highlights recent outcomes, emerging opportunities, and conservation tools and data developed to assist with conservation planning and impact and efficiency assessment. The series illustrates the scope of Farm Bill conservation efforts on privately owned croplands, forests, and rangelands; documents the conservation achievements and outcomes of those efforts; and shows the utility of science-based outcomes for helping inform future conservation delivery.

These one-hour, live webinars will occur on the fourth Thursday of even-numbered months at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) via Adobe Connect at
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April 28, 3:00 p.m. ET – Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland: A Comparison of CEAP I and CEAP II Survey Data and Modeling

CEAP II Survey

How has conservation on cultivated cropland changed since the beginning of the 21st century? A new report released by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) demonstrates progress made through voluntary conservation over a 10-year period. It found significant gains for soil health and soil carbon storage, while also identifying areas where additional and targeted nutrient management strategies are needed. Findings from the report will inform future conservation strategies, including USDA’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

For this report, farmer survey data was collected from 2003-2006 and again from 2013-2016. NRCS evaluates conservation practice adoption through the CEAP Cropland Assessment, using a combination of farmer surveys, land use and soils information, along with resource models. CEAP project findings are used to guide USDA conservation policy and program development, along with assisting conservationists, farmers and ranchers and other land stewards with making sound and science-based conservation decisions.

In this webinar, Dr. Lee Norfleet, CEAP Modeling Team Leader at NRCS, will present findings on changes in practice adoption trends, including conservation tillage, cover crops, structural practices, irrigation practices, and advanced technologies such as enhanced-efficiency fertilizers and variable rate fertilization to improve efficiency. He will also discuss the impacts of these practices on sediment and nutrient losses, carbon sequestration, water use and fuel use.

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Each webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing on this website.

Questions? Contact Dan Mullarkey at

Past Webinars:

  • April 28, 2022 – Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland: A Comparison of CEAP I and CEAP II Survey Data and Modeling - Archived webinar, slides (PPT; 10.6 MB).
  • February 24, 2022 – What New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mice Tell Us About Functional Riparian Ecosystems - Archived webinar, slides (PDF; 13.1 MB).
  • November 18, 2021 – A Decade of Science Support in the Sagebrush Biome - Archived webinar, slides (PDF; 5.9 MB).
  • September 23, 2021 – CEAP Science Informs Shrubland Bird Conservation in Eastern Forests - Archived webinar, slides (PDF; 6.5 MB).
  • July 22, 2021 – Pollinator Response to NRCS Pollinator Practices - Archived webinar, slides (PDF; 6.5 MB).
  • May 27, 2021 – When it Rains, it Pours: Conservation Considerations for Resiliency in a Changing Climate - Archived webinar, slides (PDF; 8.8 MB), references (PDF; 0.1 MB).
  • April 29, 2021 – NRCS Conservation Practices Delivering Voluntary GHG Mitigation & Carbon Sequestration Benefits - Archived webinar.
  • March 25, 2021 – Quantifying Ecosystem Functions to Facilitate Wetland Monitoring and Assessment - Archived webinar.
  • February 25, 2021 – Rangeland Analysis Platform: Integrating production and economics into area-wide planning - Archived webinar.
  • January 28, 2021 – Development of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) and Use by NRCS for Watershed Planning - Archived webinar.
  • November 12, 2020 – Linking Ecosystem Service Values to Rangeland Practices in the Central Great Plains - Archived webinar.
  • October 22, 2020 – Quantifying Conservation Effects on Multiple Wetland Ecosystem Services: Understanding Tradeoffs is the Name of the Game - Archived webinar.
  • September 24, 2020 – The 2017 National Resources Inventory 5-year Release, 35 Years of National Resources Monitoring - Archived webinar.
  • August 27, 2020 – Conservation Outcomes of NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife in Eastern Forests - Archived webinar.
  • July 23, 2020 – Quantifying Restoration Outcomes in Frequent-Fire Forests - Archived webinar.
  • June 25, 2020 – Tillage Management and Structural Conservation Practices: CEAP-2 Report on Changes in Adoption Rates - Archived webinar.
  • May 28, 2020 – Measuring and Understanding the Effects of Conservation within Watersheds - Archived webinar.
  • April 23, 2020 – Conservation Outcomes on America’s Western Grazing Lands with NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife - Archived webinar.